Celebrities help mark Camden & Islington LGBT History Month this February

This February sees Camden & Islington LGBT History Month present the UK’s largest LGBT arts and culture festival designed to entertain, provoke and inspire.

Marking 50 years since the decriminalisation of homosexuality in the UK, LGBT History Month creates a platform to recognise both the progress of – and struggle for – equality shown through the mind-boggling creative LGBT community’s artists, writers, entertainers and commentators.

Over 30 events in Camden & Islington are open to LGBT people and their friends.

Camden LGBT Forum Director Nigel Harris said: “We have put together one of the best LGBT themed arts programmes the capital has ever seen. Throughout February, Camden & Islington LGBT History Month welcomes LGBTQ people and their friends to join us to celebrate, discuss and think about the contribution we have made to cultural and artistic life since homosexuality was decriminalised 50 years ago.”

Islington Council’s executive member for community development, Cllr Kaya Comer-Schwarz said: “This year’s LGBT History Month marks 50 years since the landmark legislation that helped to decriminalise homosexual relations. We’re hugely proud of the contribution Islington’s LGBT citizens have made to our shared history and culture: from being represented by the first openly gay MP to those who held the first Pride March on Highbury fields to the first LGBT Marriage. This year’s programme, through its theme of Citizenship and Law, celebrates the great steps that have been taken towards LGBT equality, but also serves as a timely and powerful reminder that there’s still so much more to be done – by all of us.”

LGBT History Month kicks off on 3 February with London’s LGBT art exhibition Loudest Whispers at St Pancras Hospital in Camden. Now celebrating its 8th year, the collection is a maelstrom of multi-media talent from 38 artists – including a floral tribute to Oscar Wilde.

Islington Council’s Heritage Team will present Islington’s Pride – an exciting project to collect, archive and explore Islington’s important LGBT heritage.

Other highlights include:

The influence of LGBT community in music is the subject of an illustrated talk called Breaking Down The Walls of Heartache: How Music Came Out with music from Little Richard and David Bowie to k.d. lang and Beth Ditto.

Dan Glass will help residents put together their own heritage walk of local LGBT spots of interest on the 15th. A Lesbian Question Time is also being hosted at Gay’s The Word Bookshop.
A rare screening of 1961 classic film Victim with Dirk Bogarde and Sylvia Simm will be followed by a panel discussion examining changing attitudes to homosexuality since the landmark film was made.

TransLondon also celebrates its 10th anniversary at Gay’s The Word Bookshop. While Terrence Higgins Trust hosts a discussion on the experience of UK’s trans people in the sex industry.

All are welcome to join us at Conway Hall on the 25th for our gala celebration Queeropolis. Hosted by Lana Pillay with special guest, the Queen of Shops, Mary Portas. Headlined by 80s chart topper SONIA and only £5! Book at

In conjunction with Gays the Word bookstore, Islington Library has compiled a list of recent LGBT publications available at local libraries. Check it out here:

For more information and to see the full programme and promo film made in partnership with Three Flying Piglets, go to: or check out the attached programme.
For media enquiries please contact: Charles Dean – 07531 748 359 or Nigel Harris – 020 7388 5720

Supported by Camden and Islington Councils


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